A Hull-based holiday home manufacturer launched less then three years ago has been recognised with a national award. Europa Caravans was founded in March 2009 by Don and Graham Oades. The two directors established the company at the height of the recession – a time when many other manufacturers were shedding staff.
However, as holiday parks had postponed updating their hire fleets until the market improved, fewer second-hand vans were entering the market, thus driving demand for new models.
And within weeks of launching, the company's then 15-strong workforce was working six days a week to meet demand. Now Europa Caravans has been recognised as a 'Small Business Star' by Yorkshire Bank – the only company in the region to receive the accolade.